How to remove background from an image

How to remove background from an image shouldn’t be a complicated task, and in most cases, it doesn’t have to be. We recommend using the background remover in Shutterstock Editor, Photoshop or Illustrator to remove both simple and complex backgrounds. These are not the only options, but are great choices, especially if you are looking to accomplish more complex tasks once you have removed the background.

A simple background is one that is typically a single color. A complex background, on the other hand, is one where there may be multiple colors and shapes to contend with. The more complex the background, the trickier it is to remove it.

To remove a simple or complex background from a bitmap image, it’s crucial to get comfortable with the Eraser tool in Photoshop. Simpler backgrounds are much easier than complicated backgrounds, but both are possible. For bitmap images, including JPEGs, Photoshop is a great tool, but not the only option.

To remove a simple background from a vector image, you can use the image background remover in Shutterstock Editor, or Image Trace tool in Illustrator. Illustrator is a great tool when editing vector graphics, including EPS files.

If you need a great background image, check out our background image library with millions of background stock photos, vectors, and illustrations, all royalty-free. We have background images across many different spaces, with various colors, designs, formats, and more.

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